The router market is enjoying healthy growth despite the hype surrounding switches, according to a survey from Dataquest.
Sales of LAN technology grew 19.1% to $5.8 billion (£3.6 billion) in the first quarter of 1999, with the router sector reaching $1.8 billion (£1.1 billion) - a leap of 38.3%.
Although the switch market, at $2.6 billion (£1.6 billion), accounted for a larger slice of the LAN pie, it grew by a slower 36.8%.
John Armstrong, an analyst at Dataquest, said: "Far from being supplanted by switches, the demand for routers of all kinds continues to show healthy increases across the board."
Cisco continued to lead the worldwide router market, commanding a $1.4 billion (£860 million) share - an increase of 53.5% over the same period last year.
Nortel remained in second place, seeing revenue increase by 26.4% to $139 million (£85 million).
However, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet were the fastest-growing segments of the LAN switch market, surpassing sales of 10Mbps Ethernet, which plummeted 44.2%.
The market for Gigabit Ethernet grew tenfold to $211.4 million (£131 million) compared with $18.5 million (£11.4 million) last year.
Some $1.7 billion (£1.05 billion) worth of Fast Ethernet switch equipment was shipped during the first quarter of 1999, and Dataquest has said that it expects this sector to hit $7.5 billion (£4.62 billion) by the end of the year.
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